Camping Ship Harbour with Maggy 


Photo credit: Maggy Burns

Sometimes when the big picture feels tough, it's nice to focus on the small ones. Dear friends. Beauty. What matters. Started at Kim Thompson's house on Weeks Lake, then Second Falls, Charlotte Lake. We camped on a sweet little pebbled beach near Second Falls. Felt like we were camped on the lake.

Kim built the first straw bale house in North America. It's beautiful. Has that Spanish warm plaster feel that she brought from her time in Spain. She also began an inspiring Earth skills, sustainable building and living, arts centre called the Deanery Project. See link below. I've decided to dedicate all of my charity giving (1% of my income) to everything like this that gives us a glimpse of what is possible. Focus on local.
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Herstories - a collective poem 
Found poem written with contributions from Feminist Approaches to Womenís Economic Empowerment Meetings (Oxfam, IDRC, Global Affairs Canada)

Ela Bhatt, of SEWA one of my moral compasses once saidÖ.
ďa project never changed the world.Ē

Letís face it weíve all been here before
WID, WAD, GAD, t-wee and so many more

The question is really whatís new?
Are we moving beyond the chicken coop?
And the projects, the short term, our very silos..

Tell me what part of herstory are we going to own.

What is feminist praxis anyway?
One thing we know. Its nuanced, contextual. Itís a long term game.
And speaking of vulnerable so are our gains.
Or they can be. We know that.
Weíve already seen two steps forward and four
steps back.

I mean look at the world. The business of trafficking? Growing.
with shrinking civic space.

The populists, demagogues, the ones spreading hate
Fundamentalisms of all kinds, theyíve got our cell phones.

Tell me what part of herstory are they going to own.

How to change norms, sustain and reach scale.
Weíve got one working model thatís historically served well.
Itís movements.
How do we work with movements and networks. The ones
who donít stop.
Who ensure heat from the bottom and heat from the top.

How do we widen the tent if weíre serious about power.
More bodies, identities. Women, all genders negotiating
their sticky floors.
Learn how to bargain beyond local and small.
How to bridge rights and economies in a globalized world.
Theyíre all tied -work, body and voice. But more than
any ideas we have its about widening choice.

Tell me what part of herstory what part of the agenda will the self-organized own?

We need to be pragmatic yes move the needle sure
But letís really see if weíre serious about power.
The world is watching. This is our hour.
Letís not waste it.

Maybe just maybeÖ.

the roman empire is crumbling. And thereís
space for new ways. That arenít binary, oppressive
donít put prescriptions first. That arenít so pale, male or stale.
That find globalized gains.

And powerís just not out there is it?
Itís our own power structures, our funding, the way we research
and work. Our organizational egos. Even how we think.

Itís messy. Weíre going to have some difficult conversations
and choices.

So tell me
If this is feminist praxis
what will you risk

to change the gender narratives?

Letís show the world there are other ways to share, work
and care.

Letís decolonize.
Letís dare.

We can do this together. In both the what and the how.
On the shoulders of our ancestors. With our children in mind.

We can be a beacon, a birch basket, a wide bed of coals.

Tell me what part of herstory, in this very precious windowÖ
what part of herstory will we own.


Blooms  
China banned the letter N
so parts of me are disappeared

blooms swell between us
the red different each time

parts of me are disappeared
you scare me, so sue me

the red different each time
when we donít police

I scare you, so sue me
sometimes I forget my lines

when we donít police
blades open and open

sometimes I forget my lines
there where the empire cracks

blades open and open
who knew this was hunger

there where the empire cracks
China banned the letter N

who knew this was hunger
blooms swell across us








Self Employed Women's Association ahead of the curve as always 
Met with Reemaben (Executive Director) and Smitaben (head of the Management school) last week. Their union of self-employed women has grown to nearly 2 million. They are moving into online learning and even exploring blockchain to support their producers and vendors to have access to pricing information in their value chains. I worked with the rural team, self-help groups and federations back in 2002 for several years. They remain my moral compass on real member ownership and values that allows them to both organize and innovate. It is all about self-reliance for SEWA.

Check out this inspiring video to see what they're up to.


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The Great Transition to a Post-Capitalist World- Conference Critical Theory Dept McGill U 
What could a post-capitalist world look like? A reclaiming of the commons? Can we reclaim the economy or should we just stop using that word? We're trying. Excited to attend this conference and to visit some neat community land trusts in Montreal.

CLTs grew historically out of the civil rights movement compensating black sharecroppers who had been stripped of their land for their activism. Links to the violent dispossession here in M'ikmaki, Africville.
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